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Culprit taking orders on disc-equipped aero road bike + video

Carbon monocoque comes with disc brakes as an optional upgrade

Culprit bikes are now starting to produce the Croz Blade disc-equipped aero road bike that we reported on from Eurobike, with shipping beginning in January.

The Croz Blade is a monocoque that uses a blend of unidirectional and 3K Toray 800 carbon. It comes in three different builds: SRAM Red, Shimano Ultegra Di2, and mechanical Ultegra. You have the option of upgrading to disc brakes using a TRP Parabox that converts cable movement at the levers into hydraulic power. You can spec your own finish.

And here's the bike in action...

Culprit Croz Blade-Break, Breed, Bond from Culprit Bicycles on Vimeo.

The complete bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and TTV linear pull brakes is $5,695 (about £3,600). That includes shipping but not tax.


Culprit’s Arrow One road bike is slated for release in December. Like the Croz Blade, it is full carbon with a tapered (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in) head tube and BB30 bottom bracket. Culprit give a frame weight of just 940g for the 54cm model. Complete bikes in a Shimano Ultegra build start at $4,495 (£2,839).

The Junior bikes – which we also covered in that story from Eurobike – will be shipped in December in time for Christmas.

Culprit’s website is now ready to take orders.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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